Scotty James was the youngest male competitor of all competing nations at the Vancouver Winter Olympics when he made his debut in the Snowboard Halfpipe aged 15. He was Australia's youngest male Olympian in 50 years.
Scottie's first snowboard was a $10 display board in a shop in Vancouver, the only one small enough for him to ride on. He was competing by the age of six and at age 10 he was beating the older kids, and moved from racing and into the Halfpipe. He first competed on the international circuit as a 14-year-old at the 2008 Europa Cup in Saas Fee, Switzerland.
In 2010, Scotty was a last minute addition to the Australian Team. When teammate Nate Johnstone was ruled out of the Games with an ankle injury, Scotty rushed to the World Cup in Stoneham, Canada to try and achieve the top 19 result that would make him eligible to replace Johnstone. He came 15th which secured him a ticket to Vancouver, where he produced a fantastic performance, beyond his years to finish 21st.
He has secured a string of top 10 performances on the World Cup circuit in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle and qualified for Sochi in both disciplines. At the 2013 World Championships in Stoneham, Canada, Scotty notched a career best performance of sixth in the Halfpipe - also placing 16th in Slopestyle.
Competing at the last event of the 2013/14 season before the Sochi Games, Scotty won his first World Cup medal - bronze in the Snowboard Halfpipe. The medal in addition to two top-10 finishes at the other World Cups in the season, meant that James was the highest points scorer, earning him the Overall World Cup Title for Snowboard Halfpipe, his first crystal globe. Scotty also put down one of the best performances of his career at the X-Games in Aspen, CO, USA, just missing the podium in fourth.
Scotty was one of a few select athletes who competed in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe at the Sochi Games. In the Slopestyle event he placed 16th, and was 21st in the Halfpipe.
In 2014-2015, Scotty continued his rise to the top level of his sport, highlighted by winning gold at the 2015 World Championships in Kreischberg, AUT.
Scotty won his first X-Games medal in 2015-2016, taking bronze in Aspen, CO, USA.
Question & Answer:
Childhood Ambition: To become a professional snowboarder.
I began this sport ... Because my dad brought me a snowboard home from Canada. Have kept loving the sport ever since.
Proudest moment: 2010 Olympics, seeing my family cheering me on before I dropped into the halfpipe.
Favourite Food: Sushi, Spaghetti
Favourite overseas competition: Winter X Games
Sports Hero: Any Australian's doing well in their chosen sport.
When I am not training/competing I am: Enjoying time at home with family and friends.
Highest level of education achieved: Year 11
Sponsors: Volcom, Red Bull, Oakley, Perisher and my family.
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